Breakfast Mac and Cheese with Baked Eggs | Indulgent Eats - Dining, Recipes & Travel (2024)

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Breakfast Mac and Cheese with Baked Eggs | Indulgent Eats - Dining, Recipes & Travel (1)Honestly, can we just take a moment and admire the beauty of this thing? 🤩 Since I first debuted this Breakfast Mac and Cheese with Baked Eggs back in 2016, I’ve seen many iterations show up on the internet. While it would be nice for some inspo credit 😅 I don’t blame people since it’s the PERFECT dish for your homemade brunch rotation! This recipe gives yourstandard mac and cheese the BEC (that’s Bacon Egg and Cheese) upgrade.

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While most versions of breakfast mac and cheese I’ve seen throw a fried egg on top, I was inspired by shakshuka to instead cook the eggs directly in the mac and cheese so everything melds together into one wonderful masterpiece with runny yolks that you can spread right into your cheesy, bacon-y pasta. I also mixed inroasted grape tomatoes to pair with the bacon and add that perfect cut ofacidity to balance out the richness of the dish. You could also try making this with a pesto-mozzarella cheese base or even with buffalo chicken instead.

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I’ll admit, baking the eggs into your breakfast mac and cheese does takesomeextra effort, but the end result is so worth it! The whole process starts with crisping upthe bacon and roasting thetomatoes in the oven, followed by cooking your pasta (I prefer cavatappiBreakfast Mac and Cheese with Baked Eggs | Indulgent Eats - Dining, Recipes & Travel (4)) and making an oh so creamy sharp Cheddar cheese sauce.

Once you mix all those wonderful ingredients together and put it into your baking dish (or cast iron skilletBreakfast Mac and Cheese with Baked Eggs | Indulgent Eats - Dining, Recipes & Travel (5)as I like to use for a crispy bottom), you top it off with more cheese and some buttered-up panko breadcrumbs for extra crispiness (seriously, the crispy bits of this breakfast mac and cheese are the best part!).From there, you want to start baking the mac and cheese so the cheese can start to melt before you add the eggs.

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After giving the mac and cheese some time in the oven, take it out and use a spoon to make small wells, each of which you’ll fill with an egg white. Throw it back in the oven for a few minutes, and take it out again and add theegg yolks after your whites have begun to set. The reason for baking the egg whites and yolks separately is that egg whites take a whileto bake in the oven, and if you cook your whites and yolks at the same time, you almost always end up with non-runny yolks (sadness). Of course, if runny yolks aren’t your thing, you can skip this process, but if pools of yellow-orange goodness cascading over cheesy macaroni are what you’re looking for, you’re gonna want to separate your yolks. This Breakfast Mac and Cheese with Baked Eggs is definitely a labor of love, but you get what you put in, am I right? Pin this image to save this recipe!

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Breakfast Mac and Cheese with Baked Eggs

Mac and cheese gets the breakfast treatment with bacon, roasted tomatoes, and eggs baked right into the dish for a cheesy, crispy, gooey combination.

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Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

50 minutes

Total Time

55 minutes

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Ingredients

  • 6 oz. grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. dried basil or Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper
  • 5-6 strips thick cut bacon
  • 8 oz. of cavatappi or elbow macaroni (1/2 a standard box – double the rest of the recipe if using the entire box)
  • 1 3/4 cups whole milk, heated
  • 3 tbsp. butter, divided
  • 2 tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. ground mustard
  • 1/2-1 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 tsp. each salt & pepper, more to taste
  • 12 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded from the block
  • 2 oz. fresh grated Parmigiano
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 4 eggs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Cut the tomatoes in half and toss with 1/2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, 1 tsp. dried basil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Spread in a roasting pan and bake for 20 min. Set aside.
  3. While tomatoes are roasting, line a baking tray with foil and lay a metal rack over the foil. Lay the strips of bacon across the rack and bake until bacon is golden-brown and crispy, about 20 min. (can bake at same time as tomatoes) Remove from oven and lay on a paper towel-lined plate to drain the excess grease. Then chop the bacon into small pieces and set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, fill a pot of water about halfway and bring to a vigorous boil. Add salt to the water, then add the pasta and undercook pasta to 1 minute less than package cooking instructions for al dente. Drain and set aside.
  5. Prepare the bechamel sauce: Heat the milk until hot but not boiling, about 2 minutes in the microwave. Melt 2 tbsp. butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, then gradually whisk in 2 tbsp. flour, continuing to cook and whisking regularly until golden brown, about 2 minutes.
  6. Gradually pour in the hot milk a little at a time, whisking constantly, until smooth. Bring to a boil and stir in the ground mustard, cayenne, salt and pepper, then lower heat and simmer for 2 minutes to finish your creamy bechamel sauce.
  7. Reserve 1/4 of the cheddar cheese. Add the remaining cheddar cheese and all of the Parmesan cheese to the bechamel sauce and stir until fully melted into a creamy cheese sauce. Taste and add salt and cayenne as desired.
  8. Add the cooked pasta back into the pot, then pour the cheese sauce and stir until pasta is fully coated. Reserve 1 strip worth of chopped bacon, then add the rest to the pot along with the roasted tomatoes and stir until just combined.
  9. Transfer mac and cheese to a cast iron skillet or baking pan. Top with remaining cheddar cheese.
  10. Melt remaining 1 tbsp. butter and toss panko breadcrumbs in butter to coat. Sprinkle breadcrumbs and reserved chopped bacon evenly on top of mac and cheese. Bake for 7 minutes.
  11. While mac and cheese is baking, separate your egg whites and egg yolks, keeping the egg yolks in a bowl filled with water.
  12. Briefly remove the mac and cheese from the oven and use a large spoon to make 4 wells in the mac and cheese. If you skipped separating your egg yolks, just add an entire egg into each well and bake for 13 minutes so your mac and cheese bakes for 20 total minutes. Otherwise, fill each well with an even amount of egg white. Bake for an additional 8-10 minutes until egg white are almost set. Remove from oven and use your hands to carefully add an egg yolk onto each well so the yolk sits on top of the egg white. Bake for an additional 3-5 minutes so crust is crispy, egg whites are set, and egg yolks are still runny.
  13. Remove from oven and let sit for 3-5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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FAQs

How do you keep eggs from curdling in mac and cheese? ›

Simply combine the eggs with the cold liquid and any other ingredients, then set the mixture over the heat and cook, whisking, until the eggs have properly thickened things up. The early dilution and gradual application of heat minimize the risk of curdling and ensure a smooth and silky final product.

How does Gordon Ramsay make the best mac and cheese? ›

Preparation
  1. In a large pot over medium heat, combine the pasta and milk. ...
  2. Once the pasta is cooked, remove the pan from the heat and add the butter, cheddar cheese, salt, and pepper. ...
  3. Divide between serving bowls and top with the bread crumbs.
  4. Enjoy!
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What are the 3 best cheeses for mac and cheese? ›

What Is the Best Cheese for Mac and Cheese? Sharp cheddar is the overwhelming popular choice, but for extra-creamy results, we think medium cheddar is even better. Other delicious options include Gruyère, smoked Gouda, and Monterey Jack.

What is the purpose of putting eggs in macaroni and cheese? ›

If you add eggs, it will change the taste and add protein.

How can I keep my mac and cheese creamy? ›

Add more milk if you haven't already. More milk leads to less dry mac and cheese. If that doesn't work and you've already tried, use a different type of cheese. Velveeta works well.

Why does baked mac and cheese curdle? ›

I'll spare you any more science-y talk, but the main culprits in curdled or split mac and cheese are too much heat and what kind of cheese you use. When you toss a bunch of cheese all at once into a béchamel mixture (milk-cream-roux) that's too hot (I like to keep the temp between 140 and 180°F) the sauce will split.

What is the most perfect cheese to use on Mac & cheese? ›

An overview of Food Network's mac and cheese roundup reveals that most recipes have one type of cheese in common: sharp Cheddar. Sharp Cheddar —especially the inexpensive, mass-market block you can buy at the supermarket —strikes just the right balance between meltability and flavor.

What is the most flavorful cheese for mac and cheese? ›

Choosing the best cheese for your mac and cheese
  • Gouda - aged gouda can spike your mac and cheese with deeper, pungent flavors, while a smoked Gouda has a meatiness that never disappoints.
  • Blue cheese can add real zing to any mac and cheese.
  • Feta features a tart and salty Mediterranean taste.

What kind of milk is best for mac and cheese? ›

The remaining ingredients are simple: butter and flour (which makes the sauce thicken), milk, spices, salt, and pepper. For the milk, I prefer whole milk since it makes a creamier sauce, but I've used reduced fat milk plenty of times without complaint.

Is Velveeta real cheese? ›

Though Velveeta is no longer an FDA-defined genuine cheese, it does have some similarities, namely pasteurized milk and cheese culture.

Why add sour cream to mac and cheese? ›

Whether making it from scratch or the box, sour cream is the secret ingredient to rich and creamy macaroni and cheese. This tart and tangy additive goes a long way regarding recipes, and just a dollop can transform any dish into a thick and creamy masterpiece.

Why do people put ketchup on eggs? ›

Yes, many people do eat omelettes with ketchup, and it's a matter of personal taste and preference. The combination of eggs and ketchup provides a mix of flavors and textures that some individuals enjoy.

How do you make eggs not curdle? ›

Pro Tips: Start with room-temperature eggs for the best results. Room temperature eggs are easier to separate, and they will be less likely to curdle when you combine the hot liquid with the yolks. Whisking the egg yolks together before adding the liquid ensures even cooking and smooth texture.

Why does my mac and cheese look like scrambled eggs? ›

The sauce is a combination of evaporated milk and cheese, with eggs that act as a thickener for the sauce. The pasta and sauce are cooked for 15 minutes in a hot oven, just to make the top golden. Eggs are quite heat sensitive and it is possible that they became overcooked and a little scrambled.

How do you make mac and cheese without curdling? ›

According to Rouxbe, tempering is a method of combining two liquids (or solids) that are at completely different temperatures so that there is no shock or coagulation. This method is important for making mac and cheese because cheese begins to curdle once added to a boiling pot of milk or roux.

What can you do to save an egg mixture which starts to curdle? ›

One way to fix broken cake batter is to add a bit of flour, one tablespoon at a time, until it smooths out again. The flour helps the liquid and fat come back together and creates a smooth, lump-free mixture.

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